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Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011), the bestselling IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation. In addition to having written more than seventy academic articles, several booklets and more than 150 popular-level articles, Craig is is the New Testament editor (and author of most New Testament notes) for the The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. He is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who is from the Republic of Congo, and together they have worked for ethnic reconciliation in North America and Africa. Craig and Médine wrote Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds (Chosen, 2016) to share their story. sites.google.com/site/drckeener

Rightly Understanding God's Word: Context of Genre, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Context of Genre, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

In this chapter from the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, Craig S. Keener continues with a study of laws in the Bible, Biblical prayer and songs, proverbs, and romance literature. As appearing in Pneuma Review Summer 2005.   For an introduction to the Context of Genre, see the Spring 2005 edition of the Pneuma Review.   […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Context of Genre: Narrative, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Context of Genre: Narrative, by Craig S. Keener

In this chapter from the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, Craig S. Keener investigates the question, what can we really learn from the narratives in the Bible? As appearing in Pneuma Review Spring 2005.   Introduction to Context of Genre Although we have surveyed and illustrated many of the most important general rules for interpretation, […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Bible Background, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2005. Examples of Using Cultural Background continued from Fall 2004.  7. The Kingdom Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 Many pagans added up as many names of their deities as possible, reminding the deities of all their sacrifices and […]

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Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Fall 2004. Bible Background (Part 1 of 2) In any communication, some matters are stated but others can be left assumed. For instance, I am writing in English, on the assumption that I and my readers both know […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: More Principles of Context, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: More Principles of Context, by Craig S. Keener

In this chapter from the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, Craig S. Keener explains more interpretation principles for understanding the biblical context. As appearing in Pneuma Review Summer 2004.   We should briefly survey some other context principles: context of author; anticontext methods to avoid; and the value of outlining Scripture to catch the flow of […]

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Nigeria: the story media outlets are not reporting

Nigeria: the story media outlets are not reporting

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Normally I send out my own prayer requests once a year (and some of them DO still need prayer) but this one is kind of urgent. Most of you know I spent five months over three summers ministering in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. For years, Christians have been periodically slaughtered […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Whole-Book Context, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Whole-Book Context, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Spring 2004.   Continued from Part 1 in the Winter 2004 issue    8. The Spirit-baptized life in Mk 1:8-13 The Gospel of Mark explicitly mentions God’s Spirit only six times, but half of them appear in his […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Whole-Book Context (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Whole-Book Context (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2004. Whole-Book Context While it is important to read each passage in the context that immediately surrounds it, it is also important to read it in the context of the entire book in which it appears—whether John […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Learning Context, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Learning Context, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Fall 2003.   Continued from Part 1 in the Summer 2003 issue   Paragraph Context: Checking yourself  13. What is the “word of God” (or “word of Christ” in most translations) in Romans 10:17? Does it specifically refer […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Learning Context, Part 1, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Learning Context, Part 1, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Summer 2003.   Chapter 2: Learning Context Although all of us officially recognize the importance of context, most Bible readers still ignore it in practice. You may be an exception, but do not be too disturbed if you […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Context, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Context, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Spring 2003.     Chapter 1: Context, Context, Context! One of the most important resources for understanding the Bible is in the Bible itself: context. Some readers want to skip to verses elsewhere in the Bible (sometimes with […]

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